101. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Sweet peas growing in the Summer house

Sweet peas growing in the Summer house

Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who joined in last week, some who even joined in last minute because they wanted to help celebrate the 100th HDYGG, I had a big grin on my face all Thursday.

This week I'm sharing photographs from a recent visit to my mum's garden. Looking round it feels a though Spring has flounced it's brightest clothes, carrying a huge bunch of tulips in it's back pocket a la Morrisey back in the day (look here and you'll see tulips were among the infamous gladioli that people seem to recall) .

The more photographs I take of gardens, the more my focus seems to change. I always used to take close ups of flowers and plants, recently I've been favouring more of a 'bigger picture' kind of shot in the hope  of giving more of a feel to the gardens I visit but now I am drawn more to the piles of pots, the tools, the less-glamorous parts of the garden  but the bits that seem to show more character.

I'm thinking of posting a series of 'Grower Spaces', a sort of behind the garden scenes look at the gardener and where the pots, tools and bit and bobs live - greenhouses, sheds, spaces. If you would like to be featured just let me know and I would love to  visit you and take some photos and ask some questions, just get in touch at annie@mammasaurus.co.uk.

And now onto this weeks virtual garden stroll.

Above: The homemade ladder and scaffold board garden shelves my mother made look super filled with pots. I have everything here to make my own now and hope to make a start early next week.

Above: The homemade ladder and scaffold board garden shelves my mother made look super filled with pots. I have everything here to make my own now and hope to make a start early next week.

A sneaky look through to the Summer house. Cream was a great choice of colour to paint it as the brightness of flowers really pop out against it.

A sneaky look through to the Summer house. Cream was a great choice of colour to paint it as the brightness of flowers really pop out against it.

The Summer House is home to growing plants, many originally bought as a packs of plugs on a 4-for-£10 at B&Q. B&Q seem to be much more reasonably priced for plants this year.

The Summer House is home to growing plants, many originally bought as a packs of plugs on a 4-for-£10 at B&Q. B&Q seem to be much more reasonably priced for plants this year.

Inside the Summer House

Inside the Summer House

I love all the planters that my mother's acquired at car boot sales, love the mismatch style through the garden. There's a theme of re-using vintage items that just really works and that fact that she's bought practically everything from local car-boot sales gives me hope and inspiration that it's a look that really can be achieved on a budget.

I love all the planters that my mother's acquired at car boot sales, love the mismatch style through the garden. There's a theme of re-using vintage items that just really works and that fact that she's bought practically everything from local car-boot sales gives me hope and inspiration that it's a look that really can be achieved on a budget.

The pot stand is filling up now and the colours coming. My favourites are the kettles.

The pot stand is filling up now and the colours coming. My favourites are the kettles.

Large old terracotta pots picked up at car boots for a pound or two (note to self: go to our local car boot this weekend)

Large old terracotta pots picked up at car boots for a pound or two (note to self: go to our local car boot this weekend)

It's lovely to see pinks appearing in the garden now. I love the whites and yellow of Spring but soft pinks make me think of Summer.

It's lovely to see pinks appearing in the garden now. I love the whites and yellow of Spring but soft pinks make me think of Summer.

I visit again in a 9 days time, I wonder if the peonies will be out to greet me?

I visit again in a 9 days time, I wonder if the peonies will be out to greet me?

Spring colours

Spring colours

Sieving and sorting compost. My mother is ditching her large plastic compost bin and has made her own using palettes.

Sieving and sorting compost. My mother is ditching her large plastic compost bin and has made her own using palettes.

Peg basket on the washing line.

Peg basket on the washing line.

Plants in the barrow

Plants in the barrow

I really enjoyed this visit to my mums and I hope you did too. And for anyone who wanted it, my post on how to make a yarn teepee for the garden can be found here. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been up to this week garden-wise, I am primed and ready with my cup of green tea. 

Thanks to all who joined in last week,  as usual I'm sharing some favourites:  The new chicks, the Beer garden, the stunning orchids, the look at natural beauty, wild flowers, the wisteria, the pot making and the Japanese Quince.

For those who want to use it, there's a new badge too. I've been promising one for ages and when I spied this month collection set on The Ink Nest (one of my favourite websites for buying graphics & illustrations) I knew that it would be perfect for a monthly badge that can represent the changes in the gardens we share.

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